Darren Skelton

  • Time at ASO 31 years
  • Instrument Clarinet
  • Position Clarinet - Tutti
Darren Skelton

In 1985 at the age of 17 Darren interrupted his diploma studies at the Flinders Street School of Music to enlist as the youngest member of the Band of the South Australia Police, serving for three years as Principal Clarinettist performing across Australia as soloist in concerts and recordings. During this time he completed his diploma studies with distinction, studying primarily with Gregory Blackman. After completing further study with Alan Vivian at the Canberra School of Music in 1989, Darren was appointed second and Principal Eb Clarinetist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, a position he still holds. Whilst performing with the ASO, Darren also obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree in Orchestral Studies at the Flinders Street School of Music. He has appeared as soloist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra, of which he was also Principal Clarinettist. Darren has performed in the Barossa Music Festival with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players and as a core member of the Adelaide Wind Quintet. He has also taught clarinet both at the Elder Conservatorium and the Flinders Street School of Music.


Darren is supported "In memory of Keith and Susie Langley" via our Musical Chairs program.


Recording courtesy of ABC Classic

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